Luxury Kenya photo safari - May 2023Luxury Kenya photo safari - May 2023Join me in Kenya in November 2022 for an incredible luxury wildlife and landscape photo safari!

The Masai Mara is globally renowned for its abundance and diversity of wildlife. Lake Naivasha, a wetland of international significance in the Rift Valley, is one of the world’s premier action-oriented eagle photography locations. There are relatively few tourists in Kenya in November, the plains are green, there are lots of young animals, and the weather is somewhat unstable, making for wonderful big skies and epic African landscapes.

Over 6 full-days and 2 half-days of photography, will be able to shoot a wide range of different types of wildlife, birds, and landscapes. Throughout the safari we stay at luxury camps located near the heart of the photo action.

For more information on the photo safari, see the links to my tours in my profile or send me a message.

 

Luxury Kenya Photography Safari

May 13-21, 2023

Masai Mara National Reserve and Lake Naivasha, Kenya

6 full-days and 2 half-days of photography

 

All-inclusive price: USD $6400

Maximum: 8 photographers

 

Click here to express your interest for this safari

 

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Overview

Join me, Murray Rudd, in Kenya for an incredible luxury wildlife and landscape photo safari!

The Masai Mara is globally renowned for its abundance and diversity of wildlife, especially its big cats. Lake Naivasha, a wetland of international significance in the Rift Valley, is one of the best locations anywhere for action-oriented eagle photography.

There are relatively few tourists in Kenya in May, the plains are green, and the weather is somewhat unstable, making for wonderful big skies and epic African sunrises and sunsets.

Over 6 full-days and 2 half-days of photography, we will be able to shoot a great variety of wildlife, birds, and landscapes.

Throughout the safari we stay at high-end luxury camps located near the heart of the photography action.

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Scarface in golden hourScarface in golden hourThis large male lion is known locally as Scarface in the Masai Mara. He lost a big chunk of skin on his forehead back in a fight back in 2012 and skin partially obscures his vision in his right eye, even though the eye itself is healthy.

Above: 'Scarface' is an old and battle-scarred resident male lion of the Masai Mara. The Mara is the place to be for big cat photography, with a very healthy lion population, and resident populations of cheetahs and leopards.

 

Who is this safari for?

This photo safari is best-suited for amateur photographers who want to learn how to effectively capture classic African wildlife, bird, and landscape images, and serious amateur to semi-pro photographers who want to build their wildlife, bird, and landscape portfolios.

This is a photography-oriented safari. My scheduling and logistic decisions all revolve around maximizing possibilities for tour participants to capture the best possible shots during a relatively quick visit (to a place where some photographers spend months or years).

My goal is to give everyone on the tour the chance to take home images that can be hung with pride on your own home or office wall, or on the walls of your fine art buyers.

We will, without doubt, capture stunning African wildlife and landscape shots during this safari!

Physically, this is an easy trip with easy walking.

 

Below: this very young elephant was being held back by mom to maintain sufficient personal space between the young one and our Land Cruiser. 

Elephants in dawn lightElephants in dawn lightTwo elephants grazing on the grasslands of the Masai Mara National Reserve at dawn

 

Our safari schedule

Day 1 (Saturday 13 May 2023)

Arrive Nairobi, overnight at the Airport Hilton.

Day 2 (Sunday 14 May 2023)

Meet at breakfast at the Hilton for introductions; flight from Nairobi to the Masai Mara airstrip; enter the park and have our first game drive on the way to Ashnil Mara Camp; after check-in, we head out for a late-afternoon game drive.

Day 3 (Monday 15 May 2023)

Morning and afternoon game drives; evening photo review session; overnight at Ashnil Mara Camp.

Day 4 (Tuesday 16 May 2023)

Long morning game drive to the hippo and crocodile pool near the Tanzania border; afternoon game drive; evening photo review session; overnight at Ashnil Mara Camp.

Day 5 (Wednesday 17 May 2023)

Morning and afternoon game drives; evening photo review session; overnight at Ashnil Mara Camp.

Day 6 (Thursday 18 May 2023)

Morning and afternoon game drives; evening photo review session; overnight at Ashnil Mara Camp. Anyone wanting to go on the optional sunrise balloon ride will depart from Ashnil very early in the morning and will meet up with the full group after you have breakfast where the balloon lands. 

Day 7 (Friday 19 May 2023)

Morning game drive and breakfast at Ashnil Mara; check-out and final game drive on the exit from the National Reserve; 3-hr drive to Lake Naivasha; afternoon boat tour and hippo/fish eagle shoot; evening photo review session; overnight at Naivasha Sopa Lodge.

Day 8 (Saturday 20 May 2023)

Morning boat tour for eagles and other birds; afternoon boat tour to Crescent Island, where we can walk and get close to giraffes, zebras, and waterbuck, and late-afternoon fish eagle shoot; evening photo review session; overnight at Naivasha Sopa Lodge.

Day 9 (Sunday 21 May 2023)

Morning boat tour, drive to Nairobi after lunch, farewell dinner, and drop off at airport for late-evening departures from Nairobi.

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Ashnil Mara Camp is a luxury camp located at the very heart of the Masai Mara, along the Mara River. Unlike some lodges, where there is a lengthy drive to get to the areas where wildlife is most abundant, we can literally be at prime shooting sites within 5 minutes. This is particularly valuable for dawn shoots when giraffes and other animals are silhouetted against the sunrise (below). 

Naivasha Sopa Lodge is a fine luxury lodge on the shores of Lake Naivasha. There are resident giraffes, waterbuck, monkeys, and hippos on site (in the evening, when hippos come ashore to feed, we actually need hotel staff to walk us out to our cabins in case we encounter a hippo on the walk!)

Vegetarian and vegan food options are available at both camps. 

This safari is limited to eight photographers (plus myself). We will be travelling in 8-passenger Toyota Land Cruisers that have pop-off tops specifically designed for safaris. We will have a maximum of three photographers per truck (or boat) to ensure we all have good shooting angles. 

This trip requires a minimum of three photographers to run.

 

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Dawn in the grasslands of the Masai MaraA giraffe at first light in the Masai Mara, taken just up the hill, less than 5 minutes outside the gate at Ashnil Mara Camp

Above: a giraffe is silhouetted in dawn light (this was shot about 5-minutes from Ashnil Mara camp - each morning we are out in our Land Cruisers at 6 a.m. and we will always watch on the drive out of camp to see if we can catch animals silhouetted against the sunrise light).

 

Below: another early morning shot of a black kite watching the plains during an epic Mara sunrise. 
Dawn in the MaraDawn in the MaraDawn light starts to color up the grasslands of the Masaii Mara grasslands

 

What's included?

Transfer from Nairobi airport to Airport Hilton (if arriving on the evening of May 13)

Hotel accommodation on Day 1 (Airport Hilton standard room)

All meals starting with breakfast on Day 2 and ending with farewell dinner on Day 9

Four motor boat charters for photography on the water at Lake Naivasha (maximum of 3 photographers per boat)

Flight from Nairobi to the Masai Mara

Return ground transportation from Masai Mara to Naivasha and Nairobi in overland Land Cruisers each with a maximum of 3 photographers

All camp accommodation (single) at Ashnil Mara Camp (5-nights) and Naivasha Sopa Lodge (2-nights)

National park entry fees

 

Not included:

Kenyan tourist visa

International airfare to get to Nairobi

Tips for boat and Land Cruiser drivers, hotel staff (allow about $300 in total)

Personal gifts and spending

Alcohol

Optional sunrise balloon tour (USD $500)

Optional upgrade to a private Land Cruiser (price tbd)

 

Below: for infrared photographers, the Masai Mara offers twisted trees, sweeping landscapes, and dramatic skies. This image gives just a hint of what is possible in the Mara when shooting 'in another light.'

Twisted acacia tree in infraredTwisted acacia tree in infraredAbout this image

The Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, is dotted with Acacia trees, making for never-ending opportunities for infrared monochrome images of lonely trees in the grasslands. This one was shot very close to the Tanzanian border - off in the distance is the Serengeti National Park on the other side of the border.

My tours to the Masai Mara

The Masai Mara National Reserve is in eastern Kenya, bordering the Serengeti national park across the border in Tanzania. The East African grasslands and rivers of 'the Mara' are home to diverse wildlife, birds, and reptiles. I personally prefer visiting the Mara in the rainy seasons when there are few tourists, lots of baby animals, and some of the most spectacular sunrises and sunsets I have ever seen.

I lead luxury safaris to the Masai Mara each May and November. We first fly from Nairobi to the Mara and spend the first five nights at the luxurious Ashnil Mara camp in the very heart of the Masai Mara National Reserve. We then drive to Lake Naivasha for two nights at Naivasha Sopa Lodge, where we enjoy some of the best bird photography anywhere. See tour information at my website:
https://tendrelimages.zenfolio.com/schedule

Image information

The photo was shot at 40-mm focal length and f/11, at 1/250 second shutter speed, and with the camera at 640 ISO. As with all my photos and digital art, it was processed in Photoshop. It is equally well-suited for printing on matte, semi-gloss or glossy paper, or on canvas, acrylic, or metal. The image has a 2x3 aspect ratio.

Museum-quality signed prints

I can print and sign museum-quality prints of this image to ship to your home or office directly from my Nova Scotia studio. These giclée prints use durable (many decades) pigment inks and museum-quality fine art papers; for prints of this image, I recommend Canson Baryta Photographique or Moab Photogloss Premium paper. Prints ship rolled in a tube and can then be framed by your local frame shop. Order museum-


What should you bring?

You will receive a recommended kit list from me prior to departure. In brief, you should bring:

– one to three camera bodies –

– if you shoot infrared, an IR converted camera (not just IR filters) –

– a bean bag or bean bag with integrated tripod head for the Land Cruiser (for shots in low light or with big telephotos) –

– wide-angle, mid-range, and telephoto lenses –

–  a laptop computer, charging and storage devices –

– casual clothing (including a sweater, light jacket, and rain jacket) –

 

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Dirty zebrasDirty zebrasTwo zebras after an early morning romp and sprint through mud

Above: zebras charge around the East African grasslands in the Masai Mara. 

 

Below: African fish eagle action will be our major objective at Lake Naivasha.

Final ApproachFinal ApproachAbout this image.

Just before the grab, eyes forward and maximum focus by this African fish eagle at Lake Naivasha, Kenya.

Lake Naivasha is a large, shallow lake in Kenya's Great Rift Valley and is a Ramsar wetland of international importance. It has hippos and a spectacular abundance of bird life. On Crescent Island, where much of the movie Born Free and parts of Out of Africa were filmed, there are no large predators anymore, so it is safe to get out and hike with water buck, giraffes, and antelope. It is also one of the world's premiere eagle photography sites, with numerous pairs of large, nesting African fish eagles spaced out around the perimeter of the wetlands.

My tours to Lake Naivasha.

Each year I lead an infrared photography workshop in the Rift Valley of Kenya. During that workshop - which is also suitable for bird photographers - we stay at Naivasha Crescent Camp for three nights. My luxury Mara safaris also stop here for two nights specifically for fish eagle photography. Due to Covid, the next scheduled departure for both workshop and tour is November 2021. See tour information at my website: https://tendrelimages.zenfolio.com/schedule.

Image processing and printing information.

The photo was processed in Photoshop. It is equally well-suited for matte, semi-gloss or glossy paper, or on canvas, acrylic, or metal. It has a standard 2x1 aspect ratio, so can be printed without major cropping at 10x20", 12x24", 15x30", 20x40", and 24x48” sizes.

Museum-quality hand-crafted print options: I print and sign smaller (16x32”) museum-quality prints of this image and ship to your home or office directly from my Nova Scotia studio. I use an archival Canson or Moab fine art paper that best suits your image. The print ships rolled in a tube for you to custom frame as you want, or I can matte and/or frame it in a classic white mat / black frame combination typically used for gallery exhibition. Contact me directly to order hand-crafted prints of this im

 

Below: a waterbuck along the shore of Crescent Island, Lake Naivasha.

Waterbuck portraitWaterbuck portraitAbout this image

A female waterbuck stands in the shallows and poses for the camera in the afternoon light, near Crescent Island, Lake Naivasha, Kenya.

My tours to Lake Naivasha

Each year I lead an infrared photography workshop in the Rift Valley of Kenya. During that workshop - which is also suitable for bird photographers - we stay at Naivasha Crescent Camp for three nights. My semi-annual luxury Masai Mara safaris also stop at Lake Naivasha for two nights specifically for fish eagle photography. Due to Covid, the next scheduled departure for both infrared workshop and luxury safari is November 2021, with May and November tours after that. See tour information at my website: https://tendrelimages.zenfolio.com/schedule

Lake Naivasha is a large, shallow lake in Kenya's Great Rift Valley and is a Ramsar wetland of international importance. On Crescent Island, where parts of the movie Born Free and Out of Africa were filmed, there are no large predators, so it is safe to get out and hike with water buck, giraffes, and antelope. It is also one of the world's premiere eagle photography sites, with numerous pairs of large, nesting African fish eagles spaced out around the perimeter of the wetlands.

Image information

The photo was shot at 300-mm focal length and f/2.8, at 1/4000 second shutter speed, and with the camera at 200 ISO. As with all my photos and digital art, it was processed in Photoshop. It is equally well-suited for printing on matte, semi-gloss or glossy paper, or on canvas, acrylic, or metal. The image has a 4x5 aspect ratio.

Museum-quality signed prints

I can print and sign museum-quality prints of this image to ship to your home or office directly from my Nova Scotia studio. These giclée prints use durable (many decades) pigment inks and museum-quality fine art papers; for prints of this image, I recommend Canson Baryta Photographique or Moab Photogloss Premium paper. Prints ship rolled in a tube and can then be framed by your local frame


FAQ

What kind of camera(s) should I bring?

Bring a camera that you are comfortable with and that is reliable. It is wise to bring a camera with which you can shoot raw images at relatively high resolution, as this will provide maximum flexibility for your future processing options. In Kenya it is useful to have a camera that can fire quick bursts, to 10 frames per second or faster - this is particularly useful for wildlife hunting action, should we be lucky enough to encounter a hunt in progress, and for our fish eagle sessions at Lake Naivasha. 

For the fish eagle action, it is best to shoot at 300-500-mm. However, it is essential that you are able to shoot hand-held from a boat, so for some people that may preclude the use of a heavy telephoto. In the Masai Mara, long telephotos are useful for wildlife. Once you register, I am happy to discuss kit specifics and help you decide on which lenses to bring and whether it may also make sense for you to rent a lens for the tour. Just fyi, for this tour I will likely bring a 300-mm f/2.8 and a 1.4X extender, giving me 420-mm reach; I occasionally bring a heavy 200-400-mm zoom that extends to 560-mm (and reaches almost 800-mm with a stacked external extender).

If you have a high-resolution digital or medium format camera, those can be great for the classic African landscapes. 

If you want to shoot in IR, bring a converted IR body with which you can shoot using Live View. Shooting with IR lens filters requires a tripod and is tedious. There's no practical way that filters will work when shooting from a boat or vehicle.

What species will we see?

That's a potentially long list and, like any wildlife photo safari, it is not possible to guarantee sightings of some of the most desirable species. Elephants, giraffes, African buffalo, zebra, a variety of ungulates, baboons, hyenas, and a variety of small mammals are common. Hippos and crocodiles can be seen from Ashnil Mara's lounge, as well as in other river viewpoints. There is a small population of black rhinos in the Mara and I have seen lone rhinos wandering the grasslands. Lions are quite abundant and not at all shy, sometimes sprawling out on the road for a nap. Jackals, leopards, and cheetah are less abundant but I have seen at least two of each in every one of my visits to the Mara. There are African wild dogs ('painted wolves') in the Mara but they are rare and I have yet to see them (if this is a main objective, the odds of seeing them are higher on my Samburu trip). There is also a diversity of bird life in the Masai Mara, including ostriches, some 40+ raptor species, and a selection of small colorful forest birds.

At Lake Naivasha, we will see hippos, giraffes, waterbuck, and various ungulates, as well as resident monkeys at Naivasha Sopa Lodge. On the bird front, African fish eagles - which are very similar in size and coloring to bald eagles - nest around the fringes of Lake Naivasha and are the main attraction for our stay. There are many other birds of interest to photographers and we will also have a chance to photograph various species of kingfishers, storks, cranes, egrets, herons, and other shore birds, during our small-boat forays around the wetlands fringing the lake.    

 

Kingfisher in a wispy environmentKingfisher in a wispy environmentAbout this image

Two pied kingfishers on a branch at the Lake Navaisha, Kenya. This image was shot with a very shallow depth of field, with abstract patterns and wispy vegetation blending in the background.

Lake Naivasha is a large, shallow lake in Kenya's Great Rift Valley and is a Ramsar wetland of international importance. It has hippos and a spectacular abundance of bird life. On Crescent Island, where much of the movie Born Free and parts of Out of Africa were filmed, there are no large predators anymore, so it is safe to get out and hike with water buck, giraffes, and antelope. It is also one of the world's premiere eagle photography sites, with numerous pairs of large, nesting African fish eagles spaced out around the perimeter of the wetlands.

My tours to Lake Naivasha

Each year I lead an infrared photography workshop in the Rift Valley of Kenya. During that workshop - which is also suitable for bird photographers - we stay at Naivasha Crescent Camp for three nights. My luxury Mara safaris also stop here for two nights specifically for fish eagle photography. Due to Covid, the next scheduled departure for both workshop and tour is November 2021. See tour information at my website: https://tendrelimages.zenfolio.com/schedule

Image processing and printing information

The photo was shot with a 300mm telephoto lens at 1/800th second, and was processed in Photoshop. It is equally well-suited for matte, semi-gloss or glossy paper, or on canvas, acrylic, or metal. The image has a 2x1 aspect ratio and can be printed up to 24x48" size.

Order prints now via Fine Art America

Fine Art America (FAA) print-on-demand is well-suited for general home decor or office decor use. Wall art products available include standard (fine art paper), metallic, acrylic, and canvas prints. Metallic and acrylic print options work best if you are looking for vivid color in images that serve as a strong focal point in your home or office. Canvas is an economical option and this
Above - a pair of pied kingfishers along the shore of Lake Naivasha


Who is doing the driving?

I have a local tour company that I use for my Kenya trips. The drivers for our Land Cruisers are experienced guides. Safety on the roads and in the bush is their number one concern and ensuring that we get the shots we want is a close second. The drivers have worked with pro photographers, are often photographers themselves, and are both patient and understand how lighting and backgrounds affect our shooting. They also have great knowledge about the birds and animals of the Mara. 

When do I need to pay?

A non-refundable deposit of USD $500 is due when you register to reserve your spot. Full payment for the safari is due 4-months prior to the departure date.

Do I need to bring cash?

You should bring some US dollars to cover local needs, including tips for our drivers and boat guides. All workshop expenses are paid for in advance through your tour fee, so there are no major local expenses. The resorts accept credit cards for drinks and souvenirs. You are better bringing USD $ than relying on a Kenyan ATM for shilling withdrawals. 

How much does it cost to get to Nairobi?

Tickets from major international centers to Nairobi can be amazingly economical in May and November. From major US hubs, ticket prices over the pre-Covid have typically been around USD $850 at this time of year. From Europe, flight costs are as low as 500 euros (USD $575). Personally I like to break the flight from North America into two stages, with an overnight in Amsterdam on the way to and from Nairobi. 

How safe is Kenya?

As you may be aware, there have been two terrorist attacks in Nairobi over the past years. One occurred at a luxury shopping mall and one at a high-end hotel complex in the city. I have designed our itinerary to minimize the odds of problems. Our itinerary and choice of lodges minimizes the likelihood that we may be in areas targeted by terrorists

Wildlife encounters and traffic/boat accidents can be a risk. To minimize the chance of dangerous animal encounters, the lodges and transportation companies operate under strict rules within the parks. All compounds are surrounded by electric fences on the perimeters and we are not allowed to get out of vehicles in areas where there are large predators. We use very experienced Land Cruiser and boat operators to minimize risks of accidents. However, accidents can happen so you will be required to sign a waiver prior to the tour and to have travel insurance in place. 

You need to make your own judgement about how much risk you are willing to take while traveling: you should check with your home government for specific advice about Kenya. Canadians and Americans can now register with their embassies automatically when filling out the Kenyan e-Visa application.

 

Leopard slumberLeopard slumberAbout this image.

A relaxed leopard naps high on a tree limb in the Masai Mara National Reserve of Kenya.

The Masai Mara National Reserve is in the far east part of Kenya, bordering the Serengeti national park across the line in Tanzania. The grasslands of 'the Mara' support all kinds of wildlife, birds, and reptiles. Many of the migratory species do a great circle annually culminating in the famous Great Migration which features wildebeest and zebras stampeding through the crocodile infested waters of the Mara River. I personally prefer visiting the Mara in the rainy seasons when there are far fewer tourists, more baby animals (November), and the epic thunderstorms that give some of the most spectacular sunrises and sunsets I have ever seen.

My tours to the Masai Mara

I lead - in non-Covid years - two luxury safaris to the Mara during the May and November rainy seasons (which still feature lots of sunshine). We fly from Nairobi to the Mara to get off to a quick start, spend 5 nights at the luxurious Ashnil Mara camp in the very heart of the reserve, and then drive back to Nairobi with a 2-night stay at Naivasha Sopa Lodge, where we get some of the best bird photography anywhere (including African fish eagle action). Due to Covid, the next scheduled departure for this tour is November 2021. See tour information at my website: https://tendrelimages.zenfolio.com/schedule

Image processing and printing information

The photo was shot at 300mm and f/2.8. It was processed in Photoshop and is equally well-suited for printing on matte, semi-gloss or glossy paper, or on canvas, acrylic, or metal. The image has a standard 2x3 aspect ratio, so can be printed without cropping at popular 8x12", 16x24", 20x30”, 24x36”, and 32x48" sizes.

Order prints now via Fine Art America

Fine Art America (FAA) print-on-demand is well-suited for general home decor or office decor use. Wall art products available include standard (fine art paper), metallic, acrylic, and canvas
Above: a leopard enjoys a nap in the Masai Mara


Can I bring a partner?

Yes. My main concern from a photography perspective is to keep our group of photographers small so that everyone has good shooting angles all the time. Extra adult passengers in the Land Cruisers are not an issue if they are just along for the scenery. The price for a non-photographic partner (sharing room) is USD $3950.

What happens if I need to cancel?

Your full payment is due by 12 midnight Atlantic time on January 13, 2023. There are no refunds after January 13th, so I strongly advise that you purchase travel insurance at the time of your booking to ensure that you are able to get compensation in the event of last-minute health or family emergencies. Should something happen between payment time and your departure, I will endeavor to try to get some credit from the local suppliers towards a future trip but that may not be feasible after I pay for our local Kenya arrangements.

Do I need travel insurance?

Yes. Besides providing you with compensation if you need to cancel your trip prior to departure, good travel insurance will help you if you have problems on your way to Nairobi or on the safari.  

Do we have internet access?

After we leave Nairobi, we usually have wireless connections at hotels but they may be weak at times. You should definitely not count on having Netflix for an evening movie and I would strongly advise that Creative Cloud users download software (Lightroom Classic, Photoshop, and any key plug-in's) onto your computer so you are not reliant on Cloud-based processing.

Cell connections are available in most places but cell service cannot be guaranteed in remote areas. I always carry a Garmin Inreach satellite communication system and will provide contact information to all trip participants: that can be used as a point of contact in case somebody needs to get a message from home to you when we are out of cell range. 

How do I pay?

You can transfer your final payment directly to my bank account or pay by credit card (a 9.5% surcharge will apply for credit card payments).

Does the trip need a minimum number of people to guarantee it runs?

Yes. This trip requires a minimum of three photographers to run. 

 

 

I hope you can join me in Kenya!

Fast  FiveFast FiveAbout this image.

These five cheetahs have over the last couple of years become famous in the Masai Mara, Kenya, for their very unusual pack hunting (and mating!) technique. Here the five brothers are heading for a shade tree after an unsuccessful morning hunt.

The Masai Mara National Reserve is in the far east part of Kenya, bordering the Serengeti national park across the line in Tanzania. The grasslands of 'the Mara' support all kinds of wildlife, birds, and reptiles. Many of the migratory species do a great circle annually culminating in the famous Great Migration which features wildebeest and zebras stampeding through the crocodile infested waters of the Mara River. I personally prefer visiting the Mara in the rainy seasons when there are far fewer tourists, more baby animals (November), and the epic thunderstorms that give some of the most spectacular sunrises and sunsets I have ever seen.

My tours to the Masai Mara

I lead - in non-Covid years - two luxury safaris to the Mara during the May and November rainy seasons (which still feature lots of sunshine). We fly from Nairobi to the Mara to get off to a quick start, spend 5 nights at the luxurious Ashnil Mara camp in the very heart of the reserve, and then drive back to Nairobi with a 2-night stay at Naivasha Sopa Lodge, where we get some of the best bird photography anywhere (including African fish eagle action). I also run one infrared workshop in Kenya each year. While those workshops are in the Rift Valley, they immediately precede the Mara tours and photographers can do both trips together. Due to Covid, the next scheduled departure for the Mara is November 2021. See tour information at my website: https://tendrelimages.zenfolio.com/schedule

Image processing and printing information.

The photo was shot at 420mm and f/4.0. It was processed in Photoshop. It is equally well-suited for matte, semi-gloss or glossy paper, or on canvas, acrylic, or metal. It has a 1x2.5 aspect ratio, and can printed at
 Above: five cheetah brothers, the now famous 'Fast Five', saunter towards a shady tree after an unsuccessful hunt in the Masai Mara

 

Below: epic sunsets are common during the slightly unsettled weather during the May rainy season

African skiesAfrican skiesAbout this image.

An epic African sunset highlights a lone Acacia tree in the Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. This is a stitched panorama, shot with my best 55mm lens, and with 3 regular images stiched together into this high-res Mara sunset.

The Masai Mara National Reserve is in the far east part of Kenya, bordering the Serengeti national park across the line in Tanzania. The grasslands of 'the Mara' support all kinds of wildlife, birds, and reptiles. Many of the migratory species do a great circle annually culminating in the famous Great Migration which features wildebeest and zebras stampeding through the crocodile infested waters of the Mara River. I personally prefer visiting the Mara in the rainy seasons when there are far fewer tourists, more baby animals (November), and the epic thunderstorms that give some of the most spectacular sunrises and sunsets I have ever seen.

My tours to the Masai Mara.

I lead - in non-Covid years - two luxury safaris to the Mara during the May and November rainy seasons (which still feature lots of sunshine). We fly from Nairobi to the Mara to get off to a quick start, spend 5 nights at the luxurious Ashnil Mara camp in the very heart of the reserve, and then drive back to Nairobi with a 2-night stay at Naivasha Sopa Lodge, where we get some of the best bird photography anywhere (including African fish eagle action). Due to Covid, the next scheduled departure for this tour is November 2021. See tour information at my website: https://tendrelimages.zenfolio.com/schedule.

Image processing and printing information.

The photo was constructed and processed in Photoshop. It is high-resolution and well-suited for semi-gloss or glossy paper. It is spectacular printed huge on metal. It has a wide format 3x1 panorama aspect ratio, so can be printed at pano print sizes: 8x24", 10x30", 12x36", 16x48", 20x60", 24x72", and 28x84".

Museum-quality hand-crafted print options: I print and sign smaller (12x36”) museum-quality prints o